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Mount Bonnell

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Unfortunately foggy

This was something we really wanted to do around sunset in hopes of getting some good photos, but... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Charleston, South Carolina
Intriguing Views but not much else to do

When you get to the top of Mount Bonnell the views of the Colorado River and the downtown Austin... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Beautiful park looming almost 800 feet over Austin.
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3800 Bonnell Dr, Austin, TX 78731-5846
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All reviews colorado river short hike highest point worth the climb easy hike view of the river pretty view hill country austin skyline nice hike great view of the city worth the effort walk up austin area worth the trip visiting austin homes
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This was something we really wanted to do around sunset in hopes of getting some good photos, but the day we went happened to be cold and foggy. Still, I'm not sure this would have been as good as I expected because there are limited...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank joshandjenna117
Reviewed 1 week ago

When you get to the top of Mount Bonnell the views of the Colorado River and the downtown Austin skyline are AMAZING!! The only downside is that there is not much else to do besides take some photos. I wish there were more hiking trails...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Ashtherunner
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great park that overlooks Austin. The stairs up to the top were great for exercise, worth it for the views.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Nickneptune
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It takes a few minutes to drive there from downtown. We usually spend about 45 min to an hour hiking up about 100 steps, checking the many views (mostly of homes, the water, pennybacker bridge), and going down the trail. It’s rough terrain in some...More

Date of experience: March 2019
3  Thank DarkLark15
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

At the west end of 35th streets take a left past the power station and Westwood county club and drive towards the sky up Mt.Bonnel Road. at the top you willl see a prking area near some stairs. the stairs are steep and there are...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank markcohen2017
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went there on a drizzly day and still had nice views. Couldn’t walk the trails because they were very muddy. The real reason I’m writing this review is to encourage those that are concerned about the steps to go. At first I was very intimidated...More

Date of experience: February 2019
2  Thank momto3longisland
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great views of Austin and the Colorado River. There are about 90 steps to get to the top, a small area for parking. There is a very short trail to the end offering views of the nice houses below. Don't expect a real hiking experience,...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Nitasa S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

No matter how many times we visit the area, we always try to make a stop at the TOP! What a great place to take pictures, get out and enjoy the view. You'll see people from ALL over and hear all kinds of happy conversation!...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank B J
Reviewed 11 February 2019

How great is it to be able to take a short hike and be rewarded with outstanding views of Austin. I had the opportunity to do this on a cool evening and was blown away by the views and the lights. Great for families and...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank h0llyca
Reviewed 5 February 2019

Mount Bonnell, lots of steep steps to reach the top, once their views of the Colorado River. Turn left and you can see distant Austin City views on a good day, zoom lens required. Turn right see nice houses and River views.

Date of experience: September 2018
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11 October 2018|
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Response from dianegallagher228 | Reviewed this property |
No fee. Just park and walk up the steps!
Cristina C
10 August 2018|
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Response from CarogaMan | Reviewed this property |
I believe so. Leash is recommended. I don’t think there are any restrictions for dogs.
29 June 2018|
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Response from Zainab A | Reviewed this property |
It is not long at all, the hard part is the stairs but u can avoid that by going through the farther entrance . If u decide to take the stairs it might be like 5 to 8 min up.